The calendar, as it does, keeps moving forward, and it lands tomorrow on round 5 of the FA Cup. Tomorrow's opponent, as happens every year it seems, is Bayern Mun...oh wait, no, it's Barcel....nope. Gotta look at the right fixture list. It's the FA Cup, so our regularly scheduled opponent is one Hull City, who Arsenal beat in the third round last year on the way to the final, and who they beat in the final in 2013/14. Familiarity, meet contempt.
In the "I think this is good news" category, Laurent Koscielny "looks positive", according to Le Boss, so he might make an appearance. Gabriel will not play, but Mohamed "I Am Not Park" Elneny "has a chance to start". Wenger also says he'll play "a team who has a good chance to qualify", but as usual does not give any hints or specifics.
Hull City are in an interesting position. They are two points clear at the top of the Championship, and well on their way to promotion with 15 matches to play, which, that's awesome! But, they just played Tuesday, and their next three matches are against teams in the top eight who are challenging for promotion places, two of which happen in the next six days, so the question then becomes: does Hull punt the Cup and focus on staying on top, or do they play a strong side and hope they have enough to hold on?
Steve Bruce has already said that Nick Powell, on loan from Manchester United, will play, but beyond that, he's gone all Wengery and said only that they'll have to make changes in order to stay fresh. One other certainty is that Isaac Hayden and Chuba Akpom will not play a part.
So, this game is a bit of a mystery; at least for Arsenal, I would expect that Wenger will do what Wenger does, and field the strongest side he possibly can while keeping a very firm eye on Tuesday, which at least has the advantage of being at the Emirates.
But that's Tuesday; let's see about advancing to the sixth round, where we won't have to face Hull.